National Cyber Security Awareness Month-Computing Services ISO - Carnegie Mellon University

Focusing on Data Classification & Data Protection during 2015 National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM)

Data Protection

The Information Security Office published Guidelines for Data Protection in support of the University's Information Security Policy to set baseline requirements for the protection of institutional data based on its classification. 

During 2015 National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM), ISO is publishing four articles to raise awareness of:

Data Classification

Data classification organizes institutional data into categories based on level of sensitivity, value and criticality to the University if the data be disclosed, altered or destroyed without authorization.

Carnegie Mellon classifies institutional data into three categories: public, private and restricted. It is the responsibility of Data Stewards to classify their data. It is important to know the type of data you interact with to understand your role in the protection of this data.

Information on Guidelines for Data Classification is published at

A list of Data Stewards for critical data types can be found at .

Identity Finder

Right now, social security numbers, credit cards, bank accounts, passwords, and other highly sensitive personal information may be sitting idly on your computer leaving you and your family exposed to identity theft. You may not be able to find all the places it's hidden, but hackers and thieves know where to look.They have developed viruses, spyware, back doors and other malicious code to steal this information.

Anti-virus, anti-spyware, and anti-spam don't offer in-depth searching to protect you and your family. Identity Finder goes deep, searching the computer to locate and secure sensitive data - even when you don't know it exists.

More information:

EDUCAUSE Video "Data Privacy"

EDUCAUSE, a nonprofit association whose mission is to advance higher education by promoting the intelligent use of information technology, and SANS have developed a Data Privacy awareness for colleges and universities to raise awareness about the protection of sensitive data.

EDUCAUSE Webinar "Creating a CyberAware Culture"

EDUCAUSE Live! Webinar on "Creating a CyberAware Culture"

EDUCAUSE Live! is a series of free, hour-long interactive webinars on critical information technology topics in higher education. In observance of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, EDUCAUSE offered a free Webinar on October 7, by Michael Kaiser from National Cyber Security Alliance, and Allison Oslund from Texas A&M University, on Creating a CyberAware Culture at 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. ET. Registration was open to all university faculty, staff and students.

More information is available at

EDUCAUSE Video Contest

EDUCAUSE Video Contest Winners 

EDUCAUSE released the Information Security Awareness contest winning videos and posters on YouTube.  The last EDUCAUSE video and poster contest was held in 2013. View the winning contest videos from 2006 - 2013 at